University of Florida | Department of Psychology

Don Dewsbury receives APA Presidential Citation

An American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Citation was awarded to Don Dewsbury, Professor Emeritus. Don was a student of Frank A. Beach and was himself a mentor to countless students. In making the citation, President Anthony Puente stated: Don is “a beacon and benchmark for psychology. A review of his vita provides an illustration of what was important to him. These include 250+ publications in animal behavior, 100+publications in history of science as well as of psychology, 18 books edited or written ranging from textbooks to reference books, president of three divisions of APA and the Animal Behavior Society, Animal Behavior Society Exemplar Award winner, historian or archivist for several scientific organizations, and 25 years of continuous support from the National Science Foundation.

His contribution to the history of psychology is even more unusual considering that his contribution to animal and comparative psychology were exemplary and make him arguably the premier comparative psychologist of his generation. Not being satisfied with such accomplishment, Dewsbury went on to excel in the history of psychology. Dewsbury is completing his career with a legacy of being one of the foremost animal behaviorists and comparative psychologists as well as historians of psychology not only of his generation but in the history of psychology.”